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Re: “Opinion: The Youth Shall Inherit the Coal

Thank you! I stand with you.
No Coal in Oakland!

Posted by John Shurtz on 01/19/2018 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Commissioner Alleges City Investigator Is Mishandling Complaint Against Police Chief

The mob isn't getting what it wants so is shopping to get that. And of course, DBG/EBX leads the howling pack.

Wonderful.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/19/2018 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Oakland May Welcome Hoteliers Who Violated Labor Law

Hugh Morssison... What money? You mean the nearly 6 million dollars one council member has caused to be expended THIS YEAR? How about the million dollars a year it has cost the city for past twenty years to "host" the party for the raider nation?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/19/2018 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Opinion: The Youth Shall Inherit the Coal

Your voices give me hope for our future!

Posted by Julia L on 01/19/2018 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Opinion: The Youth Shall Inherit the Coal

Thank you for speaking truth to power!

Posted by Carolyn Norr on 01/19/2018 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Eases Rules on Secondary Units to Add New Rental Housing

Hello Peep's,

FYI, SB 1069, Senator Wiekowski, made it state law and mandatory for all cities and counties to implement these policies, (no parking, no hook fees etc.) More legislation is coming forth adding to SB1069. Oh! did I mention "STATE LAW", Cities cannot make their own rules about this and can be reported to HCD for non-compliance. If you need assistance, (blowing the whistle), call HCD and report it. I did just that and now the City that was not implementing the program, is now.

BTW, I know this because I permit legal and illegal improvements, new and existing for a living. Which brings me to the question that "CHANGES" made about his friend's illegal ADU.

The reason that the City is making them demolish the illegal ADU in the basement of your friends home is because it's their "OPTION". Your friend should be able to make it "LEGAL", key word here. I permit ADU's Tiny Homes, Co-living environments for a living and work with the Bay Area Council and HCD as a watchdog group to insure that SB 1069 is enforced.

Posted by TentMakers on 01/19/2018 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Opinion: The Youth Shall Inherit the Coal

It's way past time to stop poisoning our communities. Thank you so much for speaking out.

Posted by jill louise on 01/19/2018 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Broken Pipes, Broken System

Given this economy, its incredible that the City doesn't have the staff to repair the City Sewer system (much less letting it deteriorate to the point of getting sued by the EPA to begin with).

Though when one looks at the quality of the roads, underfunding Parks & Rec, the historic crime rate, lack of fire inspectors, etc. it seems quite in line with the City not giving it's citizens basic functioning services.

Where is all the money going??? Not services.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/19/2018 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Bridge Storage and ArtSpace Reopens

Cool! A safe non-virtual Arts Space is born! Congrats to Jeffrey Wright and his team. -Davis Jones

Posted by Davis Jones on 01/19/2018 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Why isn't this Brooks person dismissed immediately. If any one of us assaulted someone while acting in our professional capacity, which resulted in our employer having to pay $3M in damages, we would be fired within days. Why is this Brooks person any different ?

Posted by alphie noakes on 01/19/2018 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

"I agree. Ms. Brooks is part of the new wave of leaders across the country, like Trump, who behave rudely, unprofessionally and without regard for decency and responsibility. I have watched city council meetings and been so embarrassed by the way she bullies and is abusive to citizens and her fellow council members. She, like Donald Trump, makes accusations and point fingers when concern is raised about her mishandling of funds, brawling in the chambers, etc. Now her bad behavior is going to hurt all of us even more.
We need to demand higher standards from our leaders, starting now, here, at home. Grass roots promotion of a better nation and government."

Unlike the President, if you were to say anything negatively about Brooks and remove her from office she's going to scream bloody hell that it's racist. That's the city/state/country we live in these days.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - MLK

Posted by Robert Hope on 01/19/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

I don't understand how shoving and injuring a person in front of multiple witnesses acting as a city employee isn't grounds for immediate dismissal. This isn't a "she said--she said" situation, this all took place at an event all behind a difference of opinion, which as a city leader, you should be mature enough to handle and be able to discuss calmly, even if you are passionate about the issue.

Posted by CourtneyC on 01/19/2018 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Oakland May Welcome Hoteliers Who Violated Labor Law

One of the interesting things said at this meeting was the Commissioners asking about when rules to include Community Input & Outreach would be added as requested in prior years. Staff said they didn't have enough staff to do it so it's been put on the back burner.

Aside from the issue itself, given this economy, its incredible that the City doesn't have the staff to implement &/or enforce their stated goals or ordinances.

Though when one looks at the quality of the roads, underfunding Parks & Rec, the sewer system, etc. it seems quite in line with the City not giving it's citizens the services they're supposed to.

Where is all the money going??? Not services.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/19/2018 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Why Trump’s Health Is Likely Far from “Excellent”

The mental functioning he passed doesn't test for what he's got. And he's not 6'3, either. As a result, his weight-to-height ratio makes him overweight. The Navy doctor who examined him has had that job for a couple of decades. This is apparently the first time he's fudged the results. The schmuck caved.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 01/19/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Coal Company Attorneys Criticize City of Oakland's Health Impact Study Supporting Coal Ban

It doesn't matter that the Sierra Club made a proposal. What matters is whether the proposal was right. Agreement with any third party is not inherently wrong. A great many good laws have been first proposed by lobbyists. Petitioning government is one of the rights guaranteed by the constitution of the United States in the first amendment.

Posted by Mike Stern on 01/19/2018 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Commissioner Alleges City Investigator Is Mishandling Complaint Against Police Chief

J. Saupe investigated my complaint against OPD. She seemed sincere. I trusted her and later realized that she wasnt interested in uncovering wrongdoing. The information she gets is used to assist in covering up police misconduct. When I realized what was happening, and told her about my concerns, she was unapologetic and then just stopped responding. Her "investigation," of course, found no misconduct. Ummm...really? All the information is public: I was wrongfully arrested (more than once), was brutalized, and had cocked guns pointed at me. CPRB is/was an extension of OPD internal affairs, and many departments and offices are complicit in the cover-ups. I hope the citizens of Oakland keep pressing this issue. The corruption runs deep. Keep digging.

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 01/18/2018 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

KKE: you are happy to pay my share of those millions you consider to be just "reality TV." Censuring is a waste of time. She should give us all an early Valentine and resign.

Posted by GK on 01/18/2018 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

I agree. Ms. Brooks is part of the new wave of leaders across the country, like Trump, who behave rudely, unprofessionally and without regard for decency and responsibility. I have watched city council meetings and been so embarrassed by the way she bullies and is abusive to citizens and her fellow council members. She, like Donald Trump, makes accusations and point fingers when concern is raised about her mishandling of funds, brawling in the chambers, etc. Now her bad behavior is going to hurt all of us even more.
We need to demand higher standards from our leaders, starting now, here, at home. Grass roots promotion of a better nation and government.

Posted by TBGunther on 01/18/2018 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Mr. Gammon,

Sorry, you never called on Brooks to be censured, you made a case for the logic behind censuring - and was extremely cautious in your wording:

"A vote for censure by the council would not result in Brooks or Reid being removed from office, but it would be a public rebuke of their actions. It also would serve as a strong and valuable lesson to other councilmembers who may be tempted to interfere with the work of city staffers and order them around.
"

I know EBX likes to blur lines, but its a big distinction. Outright calling on the city council to censure Brooks would have most likely elicited accusations of racism, the same accusations that were made against Ruby.

You were much more loose with your language on reporting on Lynette McElhaney - using terms like "involved in house flipping scheme", "McElhaney's house-flipping deals " which tried to blue the lines with what actually happened - McElhaney did not personally profit from house flipping, rather her nonprofit loaned money to someone involved in house flipping. Another distinction, but one you were happy to blur the lines on. And why? Maybe because McElhaney was disinterested in all of EBX's fear mongering over their favorite ivory tower progressive bogeyman at the time, the Domain Awareness Center.

Has there ever been any attempt to follow the money on Brooks as with McElhaney? Of course not. Brook will play the race card, and McElhaney won't. Of course in the end, Brooks used the trumped up "house flipping" reporting by EBX to gain the moral high ground on the other African American female on the city council.

Way to go EBX. Instead of now calling out Brooks for whom she is, maybe be honest in your own role in enabling her behavior.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 01/18/2018 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Oakland, the real Oakland, needs her fire, but at the cost of $$$$ to the city, there are other firebrands who would not exact such a blow to the city's coffers - and dignity! And I like her too! BTW, any money Elaine Brown gets should be directly fed back into the community, like sponsoring (tutors, counselors, mentors, cultural exchanges) a few kids from elementary through high school would be a good start.
These white folks, who not so long ago despised Oakland, who now find themselves injected into an Oakland of their own minds-eye, will only criticize, smirk and post their subtle and coded messages of derision, like, "white guilt, not me!"
As Oakland hastily gentrifies, these two black women allowed their disagreements to overshadow the work that needs to be done to insure Oakland does not fall a victim to the blandness that not-white-guilt covets. When personal emotions overwhelm intelligent dialogue - especially from two key persons in positions to lead and shape policy; then the forces that seek promote and seek our nullification from this fine city, is able to squeeze another toe in the door.

Posted by Deau Hickey on 01/18/2018 at 11:09 AM

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